“Some of our players and their families are being evacuated from their homes, so they can go home and clear out their homes. I’m a soccer coach and a mover. If I have to help them move, then I will.”
Rivas estimated about four or five of his players and their families were under mandatory evacuation, while another two or three have been asked to voluntarily disperse.
In all, four area soccer matches and two girls’ water polo matches were called off on Wednesday. In addition to the Crescenta Valley girls’ match being halted, the Crescenta Valley boys’ home contest against Arcadia was postponed.
The Hoover-Glendale boys’ and girls’ soccer matches, both scheduled to be played at Glendale High’s Moyse Field, were called off around 1:30 p.m., Glendale boys’ Athletic Director Pat Lancaster said.
Lancaster and Crescenta Valley boys’ Athletic Director Dave Mendoza said it wasn’t clear when the matches would be made up.
Mendoza said the Crescenta Valley matches might be played Saturday, but had yet to confirm it with school officials and the Arcadia personnel.
“I had looked at the weather report and the lightning was going to be an hourly thing,” Lancaster said. “We thought in the best interest it would be better not to play.”
Hoover Athletic Director Jack Van Patten said the Tornadoes’ water polo Pacific League match against visiting Burbank was postponed around 2 p.m.
Glendale’s girls’ water polo match was postponed and will be made up at 3:30 p.m. Monday, according to Glendale Coach Forest Holbrook.
Crescenta Valley first-year boys’ soccer Coach Kiel McClung agreed with the boys’ match being called off.